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Simrat Sandhu, Trailblazing The Journey Of Design To Discovery

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Some people look for beautiful places while others make places look effortlessly beautiful.  And that is what we call a work of art, The name Simrat Sandhu needs no introduction.Creativity lets you make mistakes and design is knowing which ones to keep. Trailblazing this journey of design to discovery is Simrat Sandhu 

Which do you consider more important: functionality or aestheticism?

According to me, a balance between functionality and aestheticism is the most important purpose of an interior designer. There are 7 elements of interior design, including: space, line, forms, light, colour, texture and pattern.
The balance between aesthetics and function is a challenging one, as both of these components have similar importance in the design process. One does not have to sacrifice comfort for beauty; operation for appearance; or tranquility for taste.
In fact, for the best interior designers, the elements of interior design are used only to enhance both function and aesthetics in every project.

Walk us through your design process. Where do you start

 

Everyone thinks that the process of an Interior designer is just of choosing paintings and other décor pieces. But it’s beyond just selection of paintings. So, I want to show the entire process with the steps how from executing space planning drawings we achieve our goal of designing a space.

• Developing the project brief where key objectives are outlined, design and construction programmes are formed, and a budget is agreed upon.
• Gathering and refining initial ideas to form a unique design concept. Sketches, preliminary plans and material swatches are presented to communicate design intent.
• Developing the schematic ideas into a fully functional design solution, including space planning, joinery design and the selection of finishes, fittings and lighting.

• Preparing a comprehensive documentation package for relevant approvals, certification, pricing and construction.
• Sending the blueprint of the project drawings to tender with builders and contractors to facilitate all negotiations.
• Overseeing the construction phase once build is underway to resolve any issues that arise. We conduct regular site meetings, tracking progress against agreed timeframes and documentation.
• Selecting bespoke and project specific furniture, rugs, art and accessories. We also thoughtfully integrate existing possessions with new purchases.

Simrat Sandhu

Where do you get ideas/inspirations for new designs?

For me the best way to get inspirations for my designs is to travel and get ideas from the pictures in my camera roll. Then it’s social media including Instagram and pinterest. I also often flip through my favourite shelter magazines – Veranda, Elle Decor, and Architectural Digest – to catch an interesting detail and to see what my eye is naturally drawn to. I like to break the interiors down, identifying how the room is pulled together.

What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.

I was always fascinated by art and creative projects during my childhood. While I was doing my graduation in Commerce, that very time I thought my place is somewhere else. At the beginning I thought it’s an interesting career choice, but during my course of 2 years in Florence, Italy I realised it’s actually my passion where I am never tired working on projects and this is where I am meant for. My joy and excitement were found in colours, fabrics, handling spaces and merging all forms of Arts.

What is your favourite book/magazine on design? How about your favourite site?

 

My all time favourite magazines are Veranda, Elle Décor, Cabana and Architectural Digest.
Also, the Blogs of Interior Designers from around the world.

Please tell us a little about your journey?

As I already told I was doing my graduation in commerce and that was the time I realised it’s not my cup of tea and I am meant to be in a creative filed. That time I started searching about the design courses. So I chose to go to Florence, Italy. As Europe is the hub for all the designers. I feel that was my best decision as I met amazing designers and architects who taught me what design means rather than just cliché content. After 2 years of design course I came back to Chandigarh did 3 months of internship and then wanting to do something for myself I started my firm call Studio Interno in 2017 and have designed residential spaces, offices, interiors of law bhawan, boutique hotel in Himachal Pradesh, and more upcoming projects too.

What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as an interior designer? And the most rewarding one?

The hardest part of any project is making sure contractors understand my vision so that there is no room for error. The most rewarding is seeing the results and also most important a happy client.

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If you had no limits (money, resources), what would you create?

I really want to work on a boutique hotel in Italy or Spain. This has been on my mind for every time. I love the idea of working somewhere where the outside is as important as the inside. Creating relaxing spaces really appeals to me and I would enjoy exploring and sourcing things locally.

Share something you would like the world to know about you and your ideas.

My Idea is to create a space that my client can say that’s uniquely theirs, combining style, comfort, function and yet still within their means and budget. I also believe in balance between my client’s needs and my design ideas.

Who is Simrat other than being an interior designer?

Other than being an interior designer I am an artist. I love to paint, sketch and make diy art piece. When I am not designing, either I am painting or crafting. I believe my passion for designing came from my passion for art as it goes hand in hand.

What advice do you have for budding interior designers?

I think it is important to have as broad a knowledge as possible, so perhaps, rather than focusing only on the more obvious things such as space planning, furniture layouts, electrical layouts etc which are clearly very important – also read and learn as much as you can about architecture, furniture designers past and present, the craftsmanship of how things are made, traditional methods of upholstery, dyeing processes, how colors are affected by light – the list could go on and on!

Simrat Sandhu

What do your designs speak of you?

I love blending the styles according to the projects but in general my favourite would be Transitional Style. It refers to a mix of traditional and modern furnishings, fabrications, and decorative features that lend you more freedom while designing the space. In essence, transitional home decor is the combination of various design styles brought together simultaneously to create a cohesive design in one room. This is a dynamic way and speaks of uniqueness in volumes.

Your favourite theme to work with?

My all time favourite theme to work with is Mediterranean style. This style in interior design is characterized by simple and romantic aesthetics of Southern European countries: light and warm tones in colour scheme, as well as the extensive use of natural materials such as ceramics, wood, wrought iron and cotton. Design combines boldness, simplicity and convenience.

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The primary purpose of a kitchen backsplash is to protect the wall from liquids, usually water. But it also serves as the decor focal point. It defines the style of your work area, radiating your personality and reflecting the mood and feel of your cooking space. From clean minimalist to chic vintage, there are countless design and style options to choose from. Do not be afraid to test out unique and even outrageous options. Remember that this is something that will be a central defining aspect to your overall theme. . . . . . #simratsandhu #interiordesigner #interiorarchitect #decorideas #creativeideas #kitchendesign #backsplash #tiledesigns #decor #creative #unique #creativity #kitchentiles #interiorblogger #uniqueideas #creativeideas #homedecor

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Someone you look upto?

I really like the designs of an American interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Her signature style juxtaposes raw with refined, melds sophistication and spirited spontaneity, and brings together diverse periods of furniture.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I’ve always admired “IKEA” as a brand, for their stylish take on classics as we say. I wish in next 5 years I could do something similar and not to limit it to certain criteria of well off personas. Everyone deserves living in a beautiful space.

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